#3 - LIFTING THE BONNET ON YOMP-ENGINE No1 - GORUCK GR2 VARIANT (Repost BPD)



GORUCK INTERIOR ORGANISATION

In the post “YOMP-ENGINE No1” I talk about the GORUCK GR2 that this build is based around and mods that were made to the bag with the help of GORUCK SCARS. The purpose for all is to build the the ultimate bad-ass, last-a-lifetime, do-all rucksack! But... a rucksack, even a GORUCK is nothing without gear to haul and gear is easier hauled and worked on the trail if it’s organised, everything has its place and importantly for me, “bloody stays there”!

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THE INTERNAL ANATOMY OF GORUCK GR2
The GORUCK GR2 has plenty of interior pockets, most are flat so very good for organising cables, tee shirts and paper work basically thin gear!
Divided up as follows. To the back of compartment 1. (DIV1) there is X6 columns x 4 rows of none standard PALS webbing and an elasticated, very well made bellows pocket. To the front of DIV1 there are x2 mesh pockets. To the back of DIV2 there is an excellent integrated, none padded Field pocket and a large mesh pocket. To the front of DIV2 there is pocket featuring the GR2 patch and below another large mesh pocket. The exterior features the iconic GORUCK slash pocket and on the back the laptop compartment.
So that’s how it comes from the factory and to a greater or lesser degree... I’m going to ignore these pockets : )

THE INTERIOR, A BLANK CANVAS
Despite the above, this space can easily be considered as empty space, ready for us to organise just how we want / need it.

FIRST - DIV1.



The clamshell is a great design allowing us to organiser our gear in such a way as to make it easy to visualise where it is within the bag, making it quick to find. I guess this is why medical / first responder bags are designed this way, indeed, I wonder if it’s this disciple that the clamshell design first originated from?
But this space can also be considered like a bookcase without shelve,. Unless gear is organised it’s all going to end up at the bottom of the bag (And I HATE that :)



ENTER THE GREYMAN RIP-(M)
I’ve talked about the genius that is the Rigid Insert Panel (MOLLE) else where on the site so I wont Bag-on again here but for me the RIP-(M) makes all things possible. I've decided to build my YOMP-ENGINE around the GORUCK GR2 36L so the GREYMAN RIP-(M) 12.25” X 17 is a perfect fit, filling the entire DIV1 from top to bottom, giving me 7 columns x 9 rows of lovely very standard NATO pat PALS. This is the platform to bring order to the chaos.



STARTING AT THE BOTTOM, SHOCK CORD ENFORCES THE LAW
So this first line of gear is cinched to the RIP-(M) using 4mm shock cord bungees I’ve made from 12” of shock cord, a cordlock and 2.5” of shrink tubing to pull the two strands of cord together. This gear is stowed in Exped Dry Bags creating a nice uniformity to the eye, keeping gear dry! and organising particular types of gear together. For instance; warm layers in one dry bag, wet weather gear in another. This system of bungee cord retention is used to keep my stainless Nalgene bottle and Tatonka mug in place too.



This retention system is great as it always us to easily swap gear out for different hikes a simple, for instance warm weather, less clothing, more water! And also gives us the flexibility to stuff gear of all shapes and sizes anywhere you like and for it to stay right where you stashed it. The most important thing for me.



Above this line and at the top of DIV1 is the generous XL Kifaru Pullout Pocket that I use to stow my brew-kit and rations for the day, with room left over for any other gear that needs to be easy to grab.



I have added X2 slide lock buckles to the Kifaru Pullout so I can securely attach the Greyman RIP-(M) the unexpected benefit of this is that I can lift it up revelling the RIP-(M) underneath.



This has been utilised as a stash point for my trail, Leatherman Wave Multitool in a Triple Aught Designs S2 pouch and RavPOWER auxiliary power pack, organised with etc cables in a Maxpedition MINI Organiser. I Like this a lot! so will be thinking about using this area more in the future : )




2ND - DIV2.



This division of the rucksack is dominated by the integral field pocket in the top line. This has X2 mesh pockets inside making this great for phones, wallets and all the etc. I have modded this pocket with orange Paracord zipper pulls and in my way, the left hand zipper has a split ring so I can quickly see that it’s the left hand zipper pull. In many ways this DIV excites me more than DIV1 in that I came to the solution of cutting down a 10.75 X 15” RIP-(M) to 10.75 X 9” so it fits perfectly under the field pocket : )



As you see I’m currently running this as general duties: tools in the Condor Sidekick L. Condor Rip Away EMT Pouch to the R. with my Morakniv Field Knife strapped horizontally at the top. This is the config as I write but I’m torn between using this DIV as is or should I use for my brew kit etc, as this may be pulled from my GORUCK, during a hike, 3 or 4 time? Or as originally intend, just left empty, ready to carry jackets etc if I get too hot? All I can do is use, try and see what sticks.

For me weight is not an issue which is a good job because during my usual 15 mile, 23000 ped, 7hrs hikes this GORUCK GR2 with this internal configuration works great. It could be lighter but as it is, I know it will handle anything I can through and the internal organisation is just as I want it. As I’ve said before and will again... Everything has its place, I know where that is and I’ve made bloody sure it stays that way : )




IN THE NEXT POST;

GORUCK DAY HIKE LOAD-OUT - What I carry.
So, next time we'll be discussing; gear I defiantly use. gear I use from time to time and gear I'll need should things go wrong (SHTF).

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GEAR LIST / LINKS:

GORUCK GR2 34L
KIFARU XL PULLOUT POCKET
GREYMAN TACTICAL RIP-(M) 12.25 X 17in
GREYMAN TACTICAL RIP-(M) 10.75 X 7in
CONDOR SIDEKICK POUCH
CONDOR rip-away EMT POUCH
HELIKON GP CARGO POUCH X2
TRIPLE AUGHT DESIGN S2 POUCH
MAXPEDITION MINI ORGANISER
EXPED XS DRY BAGS X3
MORAKNIV KNIFE w KANSBOI MULTI-MOUNT

GORUCK SCARS

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#1 - GORUCK GR2 - Introduction
#2 - GORUCK GR2 VARIANT - YOMP-ENGINE No1

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